Five reasons you suck if you don't play Okami

If you didn't go out and buy Okami, you suck. Period. Okami is one of the best games that hardly anyone played. Despite having received rave reviews and numerous awards - including our very own “Too Beautiful to Live” accolade - sales for the title were lackluster. What the hell, gamers? Do you want to play crap like Deer Hunter 17 and Bratz: Inappropriately Sexed-Up Pre-Teens all your life?

Luckily, the Wii version of Okami is just around the corner. Don't miss out on it yet again, because then you'll have overlooked a fantastic game, you'll suck even worse and we'll hate you. And because we don't want to hate you, we're staging an intervention. Here are five reasons why you owe it to yourself, your fellow gamers, and the industry as a whole to buy Okami, play it, and tell everyone you know to do the same.

Above: Go ahead. Look at the screenshots and read the reviews. But until you’ve actually played Okami, you won’t know what you’ve been missing

5. Okami is truly original
When we say it, we mean it. You won’t find any stereotypical premises or protagonists in Okami. There’s no tragically orphaned boy who later discovers he’s got a knack for saving others and overcoming progressively stronger villains. There are no heavily armored men with big guns and aliens to fight.

Instead of placing you in the role of yet another stock character, Okami has you playing the resurrected spirit of the sun goddess, Amaterasu. Even though she’s a mute white wolf, Amaterasu has more personality and originality in her left paw than Naruto, Harry Potter, Marcus Phoenix, and Master Chief combined.

Okami even has a gratuitous bark button added just for the heck of it and if you’re clever, you can unlock the ability to mark your territory with the divine she-wolf.

Above: Do you want more of the same or something truly unique? The choice is yours

4. Okami will assault your senses
You’ve seen screenshots of Okami’s beautiful world. You’ve read nothing but praise in just about every preview and review about how great the game looks. In the sea of generic titles featuring nothing but more of the same, Okami’s world of stylized Japanese watercolor paintings is something everyone should see.

Grass rustles beneath your paws as you romp through the wilderness. Leaves blow gently in the wind and the soft moonlight reflects off sleepy lakes. It’s all these little details that bring the game’s characters and backgrounds to life, making every area a beauty to behold from any angle.

Oh yeah. It's also just as gorgeous on Wii, as this video will attest.


  • SleepingDragon7 - December 31, 2010 2:48 a.m.

    I have about 30 games I'm in the middle of, and I haven't played Okami in months. I want to play it, but I have trouble remembering just what was so good about it...
  • WouldYouKindly - July 16, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    @Godpyre I think you make some valid points about the game and I thank you for giving a counterpoint to the game without giving a fanboy rant. Everyone who tells him to shut up should actually listen to the opinion and note it, rather than detest it simply because it defers from your own.
  • flare149 - June 3, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    I wish I could rent it, I don't see myself dropping $20 on it : /
  • FrozenImplosion - June 2, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    I just read this article again, and I still love it. I need to go play Okami now.
  • Nick851 - January 19, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    I have Okami and I still have not got around to playing it on my PS2. So little time. But I will play it soon I hope. Also got Persona 4 to open. I've got a serious backlog of games to get through and it's only going to get worse as I'm getting Mass effect 2 and Dragons Age Origins this month. :/
  • secretsearcher - January 16, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    I have Okami, and therefore I don't suck. Godpyre on the other DO suck.
  • Hypermonkey262 - January 16, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    I cant believe this article is just showing up now. I expected it a year ago at least.
  • CocainCuresAll - January 16, 2010 3:05 a.m.

    damn it didn't work
  • CocainCuresAll - January 16, 2010 3:04 a.m.

  • Metroidhunter32 - January 15, 2010 1:49 a.m.

    It took me 6 months to give into your nagging. I promptly spent ten minutes banging my head against a wall for my own stupidity. Oh and 60-80 hours? sorry, it takes more like 35. still worth every second though
  • Conman93 - October 22, 2009 3:39 p.m.

    Such an awesome game. Europe better get the ds one
  • ryacer - October 22, 2009 2:12 p.m.

    I use to play this game so much that i actually had dreams that I was running around planting flowers on hills and killing monkeys but I wasn't a wolf I was me which was weird cause I have no idea what I was using to kill the monkeys with and I have always felt guilty about the monkeys...poor monkeys.
  • rynmls - October 22, 2009 12:10 p.m.

    already finish this game, great game!!!
  • Godpyre - October 22, 2009 11:52 a.m.

    Overrated!!! I played this game, beat it, and was nowhere near enjoying the amount of time spent on it than a "similar" Zelda title. I don't suck, people don't suck for not playing this game. This game just isn't that great. Yes, flashy, beautiful art style...but I could care less about the main character because THERE IS NONE! Amaterasu is, at the end of the day, an F'n dog...who the hell cares? Gameplay got boring, quick...and everytime I defeated a boss I hoped the game would be over...but it just kept on trudging along. This game is not a bad game by any means...but it is severally, and horribly blown out of proportion in how great it is. //end rant
  • FrozenImplosion - October 22, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    I love this game, definitely one of the best for ps2.
  • SleepingDragon7 - October 22, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    @scbyfn4evr The way you say 'Everyone should have to play it twice as an apology' makes it sound like it's a bad game and they're being forced to play it.
  • Awesomeforthemasses - October 21, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    I still get a small adrenaline rush every time I see the surge of flowers revitalising the landscape.
  • ryno - November 21, 2008 10:37 p.m.

    i have Okami at home and its awsome
  • scbyfn4evr - February 16, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    Thanks, Gamesradar! I actually took your advice and played it... I haven't been this excited about a video game since Monster Hunter. Complete and total originality. Everyone should play this game. In fact, they should have to play it twice, as apology for letting it go completely ignored for 3 years.

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